ESCO announces new AMI/AMR brand

ESCO Technologies Inc. announced that Aclara™ is the new brand under which three of its companies -- DCSI, Hexagram, and Nexus Energy Software -- will operate. The announcement, made at DistribuTECH 2008, Tampa, is the result of a strategic alignment undertaken by ESCO last fall to merge companies from its utility communications businesses into an integrated brand. The Aclara brand positions ESCO to expand its market presence within the fast growing utility communications segment...

ST. LOUIS, MO, Jan. 22, 2008 -- The Communications Segment of ESCO Technologies Inc. announced today that Aclara™ is the new brand under which three of its companies -- DCSI, Hexagram, and Nexus Energy Software -- will operate. The announcement, made at DistribuTECH 2008, Tampa, is the result of a strategic alignment undertaken by ESCO last fall to merge companies from its utility communications businesses into an integrated brand. As the only single source for multiple, established advanced metering infrastructure/automated meter reading (AMI/AMR) and meter data management (MDM) solutions, the Aclara brand positions ESCO to expand its market presence within the fast growing utility communications segment.

The new brand brings together the industry's most proven fixed-network systems (TWACS® from DCSI and STAR® Network from Hexagram) and its most advanced MDM software (Nexus Energy Software applications) to provide state-of-the-art metering solutions. Aclara's comprehensive menu of products and services offers utilities the choices they need to build unique systems that perform end-to-end data capture, transfer, processing, management, and presentation. Now operating under the brand Aclara Software™, Nexus Energy Software applications will fully support third-party AMI/AMR systems in addition to the Aclara STAR® Network and Aclara TWACS® Technology solutions.

As a word, Aclara means to explain and clarify information, to make things simple and understandable, to collect data and turn it into knowledge. As a brand, Aclara exemplifies thought leadership in the design, development, and deployment of AMI and meter data management communication systems for the gas, water, and electric utility industries.

"As Aclara, our unified technologies offer customers a comprehensive menu of tailored solutions for their utility communication and data information needs. Customers already trust Aclara's companies to lower their distribution and operation costs and improve their customer service. By bringing our technologies together, we strengthen this partnership with our customers and position ourselves as the industry thought leader," said Bruce Phillips, group president of Aclara.

The Aclara brand represents the industry's leading fixed-network AMI/AMR technologies and MDM software serving water, gas, and electric utilities worldwide.

ESCO, headquartered in St. Louis, is a proven supplier of special purpose communications systems for electric, gas, and water utilities, including hardware and software to support advanced metering applications.

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